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nikelodeon79
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PostPosted: 2010.06.12(Sat)1:56    Post subject: An update on me & my critters (fish included) Reply with quote

Hi all! I'm not sure who remembers me... but I used to be a forum addict not too terribly long ago. At one time, I think I had as many as 14 or so tanks running.

Now I'm down to two. I decided to concentrate more on my furry pets... mostly due to a frustration with just how much money I spent on fish and fishkeeping! Shocked

I unfortunately got a bit lax in the fishkeeping department... skipping water changes here and there and completely stopping any sort of plant care (CO2, ferts, trimming, etc.). My plants are all dead, save for a very resilient water lily, a spring of bacopa monnieri and a single anubias nana. Embarassed

Fish wise, I sold all my Thai import bettas to Jun, except Zephyrus (in my avatar). Despite my efforts, Zeph died... and I think it broke my heart. He was my favorite... and on top of that I couldn't help but think of all the money and worry I'd put into importing them all from Thailand. Shocking fact: I'm now betta-less. I don't have a single one. I managed to break at least two of my 5.5g setups in storage, as well.

Another thing that hit me hard was when most of the somewhat rare corydoras I ordered arrived dead... you put your heart into this hobby and sometimes it kicks you in the face.

Neglect, even small neglect, in a corydora tank most often proves disastrous and my 55g corydora tank was no exception. I think I had as many as 25 or more corydoras in there... but I took out a mere seven when I decided to switch tanks. I have five C. leucomelas, a single C. panda, and a single C. habrosus. As I type, the C. habrosus has gone into the spins. I made the tank swap a week ago... and I guess it was too much for the little guy. IME, C. habrosus are extremely sensitive, and don't do well with any disruption or change. Sad

I still have the mbuna tank... but sadly I've lost many of the fish in there. I have to do something soon... because with the lowered numbers fights are common. I may simply gift the four remaining fish to a friend of mine with a mbuna tank... and either take down the 55g or stock it with Demasoni. I've always been partial to them.

My future fishkeeping plans include getting a larger tank (I'd like a 4 foot 90 or even 110g tank) and slowly bringing back my big corydora community. As it is now, the 7 remaining corydoras and the three remaining Harlequin Rasboras (I'll be slowly bringing the numbers back up) are in my 26g "dumpster tank." I'll snap some pics once I wipe the noseprints from my Rottweiler off the glass (he's infatuated with the fish).

As far as furry friends, my dog numbers have increased to three.

Luna:


Apollo:


Nova:


And I still have the two kitties, Ace & Bogey:


Anyway, sorry for being so wordy. Embarassed Hope to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones. Smile
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.06.12(Sat)2:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about all of those losses! That's rough. =(

I can see how you can get frustrated at the money aspect of it -- It is far too easy to spend money in this hobby. And the more tanks you have, I suppose its even worse.

Those are some pretty pups you've got!! I'm especially fond of rottweilers, but my husband thinks they're big and stupid, so he said we won't ever be getting one! So I have to love others' instead. Wink

Glad to see you back - I remember you faintly from when I first came here.
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katienaha
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PostPosted: 2010.06.12(Sat)2:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome back Nickelodeon.

How I love my furry friend.. Asher is her name. A border collie/blue heeler/lab mix. We are looking at getting a second dog next year now that our fence is built.

Losses in a tank really do suck, and you seem to have gotten a whole bunch of them too close together. When my tank was "sick" and I lost about $100 of fish, I was pretty upset, as I only bring in about $700 every 2 weeks. So the hobby money spent is very sparse. It definetly might be time for a "fish makeover". I would love to see you expand the collection of corydoras. If the mbuna tank gives you grief just looking at it... start fresh.

Hope to see some progress in the coming months Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2010.06.12(Sat)7:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

*TACKLEGLOMP*

Bogey!! Very Happy
I always loved that cat Laughing

Sorry to hear about all the losses though, that sucks Sad
What happened to Zeph?

And Luna is all grown up now! I can remember when she was just a little pup Razz
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PostPosted: 2010.06.12(Sat)8:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, first...I really want to know what tackleglomp is, I searched the forum and only came up with like 5 results. Clue me in on this

Secondly luna looks big, I have seen her as a puppy also, she has grown!

Third; Save up "all" your money and get a big tank, then you can have a few female bettas, cories and well...not mbunas,...
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PostPosted: 2010.06.12(Sat)8:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see you back!!
I'm sorry to hear of your losses Crying or Very sad I am thinning my corys down and need to find a home for my one panda and 2 black sails Wink Let me know....
I have gotten a HM butterfly betta since you have been gone, he is such a cutey!
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nikelodeon79
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PostPosted: 2010.06.13(Sun)12:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

rales12 wrote:
I'm especially fond of rottweilers, but my husband thinks they're big and stupid, so he said we won't ever be getting one! So I have to love others' instead. Wink

I'll admit he's not as smart as the GSDs. Smile He's a big sweetheart, though... and actually Rotties aren't supposed to be all that big. He's about 85 lbs and probably won't get much bigger. People seem to think that bigger is better and are breeding Rotts way over the breed standard. Mad I constantly get asked if Apollo's a mix, even though he's a pretty good example of the breed.

katienaha wrote:
How I love my furry friend.. Asher is her name. A border collie/blue heeler/lab mix. We are looking at getting a second dog next year now that our fence is built.

We have about 3 acres fenced in for the dogs. Smile It's definitely handy to be able to just let them out when they ring the bell to go potty!

I bet Asher has a ton of energy! That's quite the combo.

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What happened to Zeph?

I'm not entirely sure. He just sort of... wasted away. He got to the point where he had some issue going on with his swim bladder... I had to keep raising him up to the surface to get air. Sad

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And Luna is all grown up now! I can remember when she was just a little pup Razz

She sure is! She's the sweetest dog, too. She's pretty good in obedience, and is learning agility and skijoring... eventually we'll start tracking, too. Nova is also learning agility and skijoring. Apollo has elbow dysplasia so that limits his activities... but he'll be doing tracking and possibly carting.

Caton wrote:
Okay, first...I really want to know what tackleglomp is, I searched the forum and only came up with like 5 results. Clue me in on this

LOL, it's more of a chat thing. A bunch of us (Jacko, Jun, UncleWillie, Kingfisher, and betsyann07 to name a few) used to chat almost nightly. I've always considered a tackleglomp to be an over-enthusiastic hug.. one that knocks you right over. Laughing

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Secondly luna looks big, I have seen her as a puppy also, she has grown!

Yeah, she's right around 75 pounds. Hard to believe she was so small when I got her! She was smaller than Bogey the cat!

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Third; Save up "all" your money and get a big tank, then you can have a few female bettas, cories and well...not mbunas,...

My plan is to get the big tank... and it would probably be the corydora community. I love planted tanks and one of the benefits is less water changes. My heavily planted 26g could go several weeks with the nitrates never going above 5-10. The mbuna tank needs a change every week.

I won't do female Betta splendens though...not in a sorority at least. They're too prone to disease/disaster... and bettas are definitely not a good mix with cordoras. Cories like a lot of current... bettas don't. Most cories do best in temps around 74-75*F... bettas do best around 80*F. Plus... the bettas tend to pick on the cories and/or eat all their food.

If all goes well, Jun will have Betta albimarginata beh-behs for me soon, though. Very Happy Going to add them to my 26g.

I do have a 20g long that I may turn into a betta habitat... although I've always wanted a colony of shellies so I may do that, instead. Smile I have a few 5.5g tanks I could always set up if a betta splendens strikes my fancy. Wink

Fern wrote:
Glad to see you back!!
I'm sorry to hear of your losses Crying or Very sad I am thinning my corys down and need to find a home for my one panda and 2 black sails Wink Let me know....

They could definitely have a home with me. Smile I need a few more pandas and would love to add the black sails. Smile

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I have gotten a HM butterfly betta since you have been gone, he is such a cutey!

PICTURES woman!
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katienaha
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PostPosted: 2010.06.13(Sun)13:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I bet Asher has a ton of energy! That's quite the combo


You have no idea. We have clocked her running 55km/h before. - she's a year and a half old.
Last summer we clocked her going 35km/h when she was only about 8 months old.

She out-runs every single dog she has encountered, in speed and stamina. Friends bring their dogs over to play to wear THEIR dogs out.. and then we spend the next 45 minutes with a ball launcher to finish ours off.


Taken last year spring. *sigh*


This was taken about 2 months ago - just as we were moving into our new house.


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PostPosted: 2010.06.13(Sun)13:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

nikelodeon79 wrote:
rales12 wrote:
I'm especially fond of rottweilers, but my husband thinks they're big and stupid, so he said we won't ever be getting one! So I have to love others' instead. Wink

I'll admit he's not as smart as the GSDs. Smile He's a big sweetheart, though... and actually Rotties aren't supposed to be all that big. He's about 85 lbs and probably won't get much bigger. People seem to think that bigger is better and are breeding Rotts way over the breed standard. Mad I constantly get asked if Apollo's a mix, even though he's a pretty good example of the breed.


GSD=?

Every Rottie I've ever met was sweet. And adorable! Your's is especially handsome... I want to give him a doggy-hug.

For some reason, around here at least, they have this terrible reputation as being mean and vicious, and I think that's part of the reason he dislikes them so. I don't mind a less-than-brilliant dog; I actually find them more loveable. 85 lbs is huge, though, compared to our 28lb beagle and 45 lb boxer. Wink

katienaha wrote:
She out-runs every single dog she has encountered, in speed and stamina. Friends bring their dogs over to play to wear THEIR dogs out.. and then we spend the next 45 minutes with a ball launcher to finish ours off.


Haha. My mom has a full-bred border collie that was bred as a working dog and she keeps her as a pet (turns out, that's not a very good idea...). She has so much energy... when I still lived at home, my brother and I would take turns throwing a tennis ball for her to the back of the fence for a couple hours a time. I remember one time one summer when we ran her until she couldn't even run anymore, but she'd still trot out there, get the ball, and bring it back to us. To this day, I'm convinced she would have kept going after that ball until she collapsed of heat exhaustion. We had to lock her ball inside and her outside with a huge bowl of water to get her to drink; she just wanted to keep playing.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.13(Sun)23:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your wish is my command Laughing
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Mine is fine with the semi defective corys I have in with him, they gang up on him when he picks on them too much. I also have a plant barrier to make a calm area for him to rest from the current.
I will hang onto the 3 corys till you have a spot for them Very Happy
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